Storms rolling over New Jersey are getting bigger, stronger, more destructive, and more deadly. And whether you think this is the work of climate change or the Wizard of Oz doesn't really matter. What matters is the cost: lives lost, property destroyed, and infrastructure damaged. Not to mention jobs, wages, businesses, and opportunities.
(Although it's definitely not the work of the Wizard of Oz.)
Tropical Storm Henri covering all of NJ as seen by a NASA satellite
But not everyone, it seems, shares the DEP's concern for our lives, our homes, our jobs, and our tax money...
Not the New Jersey Building & Industry Association. They sent a letter to Phil Murphy, asking him to prevent the DEP from taking immediate action. They said the measure didn't address any imminent peril.
(Actual photo of imminent peril.)
They also said it wouldn't protect taxpayer money from being wasted — even though it would prevent them from building new bridges in the same spot as bridges that were destroyed by flooding.
(Actual photo of a bridge that should NOT be replaced with another in the same spot.)